Have stay-at-home orders gotten you a bad case of cabin fever? Are you tired of looking at the same walls every day with no change?
Don’t worry, you don’t need to start searching for a new place to live. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of redecorating to breathe new life into your apartment. Even better, you don’t need to empty your wallet to do it. Here are four inexpensive home decor ideas to get you started.
It’s been said that one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Nowhere is this more true than in the aisles of your local thrift store. These havens have many hidden treasures scattered throughout, and with enough digging, you’ll find the art, furniture, and other items that speak to you. If the store isn’t your vibe, though, you have other options for second-hand items. Facebook Marketplace, for example, is filled with people selling their no-longer-needed items, and it easy enough to coordinate a pick-up/delivery that satisfies social distancing requirements.
Nothing brings a room to life like living decor. Plants are—for the most part—inexpensive and easy to care for. Succulents, for example, are cheap, require very little maintenance, and can be easily placed on a countertop, end table, or window sill. And not only do they look great, but plants come with added health and wellness benefits: Many plants contribute to cleaning your indoor air, and studies have shown that their presence can help alleviate depression. Just be sure that, if you have a pet or little ones, your plants are nontoxic.
Play with colors.
Color can influence our emotions and moods in powerful ways, so maybe it’s time to reconsider your color palette. You can do this simply by buying new pillows for the couch to act as highlights. Or you can take it up a notch by painting an accent wall. Whether you choose a light or dark tone, a freshly painted wall brings a strong sense of accomplishment from a job well done.
Put your hobbies on display.
How do you spend your time when no one is telling you what to do? Are you a mountaineer? A craftsperson? Do you solve puzzles or create art? Do you read like your life depends on it? Whatever you’re passionate about, you may be able to find a way to express it on the walls and shelves of your apartment. Frame those baseball cards sitting in your closet, hang your longboard, or display your tennis rackets. Share your interests with everyone who enters your apartment without opening your mouth.
It doesn’t take a professional interior designer to revitalize your space. Start with these four inexpensive home decor ideas and you’ll soon have a space that reflects who you are. Your apartment will feel more like home in no time.